Follow this video tutorial and learn the process suggested by Chuck Black Art (YouTube channel):

“When I think about painting realistic trees or detailed trees, I’ve come to think about it in four steps. I work within each step very meticulously before moving to what I consider to be the next step. In this video I take you through the process of painting the autumn trees in my newest work.

Two tips I keep in mind before starting is to always work from back to front and ALWAYS be willing to make changes along the way.

Here are the steps:
1) Establish a clear idea – I always make sure that I have worked up every shape/tree together simultaneously to the point where I can visualize how I want it all completed before doing anything else.
2) Establish the color – I then spend a good portion of time adjusting and making changes to the color prior to adding any details.
3) Add detail – After I like the color, I start to separate the areas with a small pointed brush into areas of shadows, highlights, branches, and openings in the leaves/branches.
4) Show the light – Whether the tree is backlit or lit from the front, I add the brightest highlights last to each and every little area I see fitting.”

Video about tree bark: https://youtu.be/rD7dWAOC6IE

Chuck Black Art website: http://www.wildlifeandart.com
Chuck Black Art eBay auctions: http://www.ebay.com/usr/wildlifeandart


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